With its bright orange flowers and commanding height, Orange Giant Amaranth is a stunning addition to your garden. It is also an excellent food source. The greens, cooked and eaten like spinach, are delicious and very high in important vitamins and minerals. The seed is a popular grain that makes a tasty porridge or gruel. This variety is huge, up to 8' tall, and yields of up to a pound of seed per plant have been reported. They are tolerant of poor soils, but will yield much greater in a well-tended garden with rich soil.
100 days to seed. Annual.
Propagation Method: From seed, sow seeds indoors 6 weeks before last spring frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per pot and thin to one plant per container. After four weeks, transplant seedlings to larger pots, and about 10 days before the last spring frost, begin hardening the plants to the outdoors. Transplant your plants to a sunny, highly composted location when soil temperatures are at least 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit .
Other Details: Average water needs, well-drained soil